How a Taoism Practices

I perform this practice once upon waking and once before sleeping. If time allows, I also do it in the afternoon. The duration is flexible. I approach the practice slowly and naturally, without focusing on appearances or controlling my breathing. I close my mouth slightly with my teeth lightly touching and my tongue resting against the roof of my mouth. I sit straight with an erect spine, relaxed shoulders, and a contained chest. My eyes are nearly closed (as if lowering a curtain). I place both hands lightly on my lower Dantian in the Taiji symbol posture. Either crossed-legged or in a natural sitting position is acceptable. I breathe out turbid air from my mouth and then slowly inhale fresh air through my nose, replenishing the air expelled from my Dantian. I exhale quickly and inhale slowly, fully exhaling and inhaling. I repeat this breathing three times to expel all turbid air from my abdomen, then settle my mind, putting all thoughts aside. I redirect my vision and hearing inward, concentrating the essence in my kidneys, guarding my eyes, the soul in my liver, guarding my mouth, the spirit in my heart, guarding my nose, and the thoughts in my spleen, with concentrated intent.

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Mr. Wei Qinwen’s Biography

    Mr. Wei was originally from Funing County, Hebei Province but was born in Shenyang and taught martial arts at the Jilin Institute of Technology until his retirement. His father was a wealthy businessman who ran a restaurant, and Mr. Wei, out of necessity, began apprenticing at the restaurant after finishing elementary school. Despite the daily toil, he continued to self-study diligently, seeking advice from the restaurant's patrons whenever he encountered difficulties. Thanks to his hard work and extraordinary intelligence, he made significant progress in his studies, laying a solid foundation for his future work and teaching. In his youth, Mr. Wei was frail and often ill, but was fortunate to be taken as a nominal disciple by Mr. Li Wenbiao, a renowned third-generation Baguazhang master and president of the Shenyang Martial Arts Association, who taught him Baguazhang.

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Mr. Guo Gumin’s Biography

         Guo Gumin, originally named Decang, was born on September 20th of the 13th year of the Guangxu Emperor (1887) and passed away on August 25th, 1968. His ancestral home was Guojiazhuang, twenty miles south of Yi County, Hebei Province. In his youth, he left home for Beijing to apprentice at an old clothing business. During his apprenticeship, through an introduction, he met the second-generation master of Baguazhang and founder of Liang style Baguazhang, "Clothing Liang" Liang Gongzhen, and thus began his training in Baguazhang under him.

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Ba Gua Zhang Popular Question & Answers

Why do practitioners of Baguazhang constantly walk in circles? Baguazhang, also known as Turning Palm, is vividly described by some as the "Millstone Door" due to practitioners' continuous left and right rotational walking in circles. The Bagua Song by Master Dong Haichuan goes: "Travel the ends of the earth with the primordial qi, the true essence of Bagua is my domain, every move does not stray from the change of feet, standing still is deemed to have fallen to the ground." The constant walking in circles, rotating left and right, is a major characteristic of the Bagua martial art school, making it unique, efficient, and an important skill.

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Master Che Runtian, a Distinguished Practitioner of Song Style Xingyi Quan, Discusses the Realization of Releasing Internal Power

Master Che Runtian, a distinguished practitioner of Xingyi Quan, possessed exceptionally high internal strength. He often shared insights on how to unleash internal power, based on his experiences annotated in the "Internal Power Classic" during his lifetime. His understanding is organized as follows: The release of internal power is a comprehensive manifestation of the unity between mind and intention, intention and energy, energy and strength, shoulders and hips, elbows and knees, hands and feet – both internally and externally. The foundation, particularly the lower body, is crucial. The capability of the Six Harmonies requires persistent and rigorous practice and insight.

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How Xingyi Quan Can Be Extremely Lethal Within a Year ?

Xingyi Quan is a form of boxing known for its strong combat effectiveness. It is widely acknowledged for its simplicity and quick mastery; some may develop considerable fighting ability within a year, while others might achieve it in just a few months. However, many Xingyi Quan enthusiasts today possess minimal combat skills, and there have been instances where individuals practicing for years have been severely beaten in street fights. Why hasn't the effectiveness of "being able to fight within a year" been demonstrated in these cases?

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The combat requirements and characteristics of Emei fist / Ren Jiànshè.

Requirements for Techniques: First, techniques should be relaxed, flexible, and devoid of any stiffness. Only by maintaining this state can one remain constantly adaptable and easily neutralize the opponent's force, transitioning from extreme softness to extreme firmness in an instant, thereby maximizing explosive power. Avoid any stiffness or rigidity in techniques. Second, techniques should be delivered elastically. This method allows for maximum speed: when attacking, the strike automatically springs forward, catching the opponent off guard; when retracting, it springs back, making it difficult for them to follow. It also ensures coordination between rapid striking methods and agile footwork, resulting in cohesive and concentrated force.

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